Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Management Team

James R. Meyer
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
James R. Meyer was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer effective July 31, 2017, and has served as a director since that date. Mr. Meyer has nearly 30 years of experience in the heavy equipment, automotive and consumer goods industries. Mr. Meyer joined the Company from Commercial Specialty Truck Holdings, LLC, a commercial truck manufacturer, where he served as Chairman of the Board and advisor since 2015. From 2012 to 2015, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Allied Specialty Vehicles, Inc., a manufacturer of specialty vehicles for the fire and emergency, commercial and recreation segments. Prior to that, Mr. Meyer held various leadership positions at Brunswick Corporation, a publicly held manufacturer of recreational products. At different times from 2006 to 2012, he oversaw its Hatteras Yachts and Sealine International business units and its product development and supply chain functions. Mr. Meyer also spent 16 years at Ford Motor Company where he held various executive positions. Mr. Meyer received his MBA from the University of Michigan, An MS in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Matthew S. Kohnke
VICE PRESIDENT FINANCE, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND TREASURER
Matthew S. Kohnke was appointed as our Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective February 29, 2016. Mr Kohnke has 24 years of experience in finance and accounting and joined the Company from Dorman Products, Inc., a publicly traded supplier of replacement parts and fasteners to the automotive aftermarket, where he served from 2002 to February 2016. He first served as Dorman's Vice President and Corporate Controller and, in 2011, he assumed the position of Dorman's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Dorman, Mr. Kohnke spent 10 years in public accounting at Arthur Andersen LLP, including holding a leadership role in its Audit and Business Advisory practice.
Theodore W. Baun
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales
Theodore W. Baun has been our Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales since September 2008. Mr. Baun first joined us in 1994 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in operations, marketing and sales. From 2003 to 2005, he was Director of Sales at Mitsui Rail Capital, a railcar leasing and services company, after which he returned to FreightCar America. He has been the leader of our sales team since November 2007.
Georgia L. Vlamis
Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Human Resources
Georgia L. Vlamis was appointed as our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective December 1, 2015. Ms. Vlamis joined us from Motorola Solutions, Inc., a data communications and telecommunications equipment provider, where she held roles of increasing legal responsibility and leadership since 1995. She most recently served as its Vice President and Head of Litigation, Antitrust, Regulatory & Product Safety. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President and Lead Counsel for Motorola’s government and enterprise business sector. Earlier in her tenure with Motorola, she served as Senior Counsel and Director for two business units within the Company. Prior to joining Motorola, Ms. Vlamis served as an Associate, and later a Partner, in the Litigation Department of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon. Earlier in her career, she served as a Litigation Associate in the Chicago Office of Sidley & Austin. Ms. Vlamis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, and is a graduate of the DePaul College of Law.

Board of Directors

William D. Gehl
Chairman of the Board
William D. Gehl has served as a director since May 2007, Chairman of the Board since January 2013, and is also a member of our audit and nominating & corporate governance committees. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gehl Company, a manufacturer of compact construction equipment, from April 2003 until his retirement from that company in April 2009. Prior to that time, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Gehl Company since November 1992, Chairman of Gehl Company since April 1996, and a director of Gehl Company since 1987. During the past five years, Mr. Gehl has been a member of the boards of directors of Astec Industries, Inc. (a public company manufacturer of road-building and construction equipment), Mason Wells, Inc. (a private equity investor), The Oilgear Company (a manufacturer of hydraulic pumps and related products) and Westbury Bank (a publicly held full-service community bank with 12 locations).
James D. Cirar
James D. Cirar has served as a director since June 1999 and is a member of our audit and compensation committees. Mr. Cirar is a private investor. He was a director of Transportation Technologies Industries, Inc. (“TTII”), a manufacturer of railcar and truck components, and President and Chief Executive Officer of TTII’s foundry group from January 2000 until the company was acquired by Accuride Corporation in 2005. Mr. Cirar was Chairman of two of our subsidiaries, Johnstown America Corporation and Freight Car Services, Inc., from September 1998 to June 1999. From September 1995 to August 1998, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnstown America Corporation, a predecessor of the Company.
Thomas A. Madden
Thomas A. Madden has served as a director since December 2005 and is a member of our audit and compensation committees. Mr. Madden served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ingram Micro Inc., a technology distributor, from July 2001 to April 2005. From October 1997 to July 2001, Mr. Madden served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ArvinMeritor, Inc., a supplier of motor vehicle components. Mr. Madden has been a member of the boards of directors of Champion Enterprises, Inc. (a modular and manufactured homes producer) from 2006 to 2010, Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (a provider of semiconductors for network applications) from 2003 to 2014, and Intcomex, Inc. (an IT products distributor) since 2006.
Malcolm F. Moore
Malcolm F. Moore has served as a director since March 2015 and is a member of our compensation and nominating and governance committees. Since July 2015, Mr. Moore has served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Twin Disc, Inc., a leading global manufacturer and distributor of power transmission equipment for marine, transportation and industrial equipment. Between 2006 and 2015, he also served on the Twin Disc Board of Directors. From June 2013 to June 2015, Mr. Moore served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Digi-Star LLC, a global supplier of electronic components and software used in precision agriculture. From November 2011 to June 2013, Mr. Moore served as Chairman of Digi-Star. Prior to joining Digi-Star, Mr. Moore served as an advisor to Baird Capital Partners from June 2010 to November 2011. Between 1999 and 2010, Mr. Moore worked in a variety of executive roles at Gehl Company, a publically held manufacturer of compact construction equipment, including serving as President and Chief Executive Officer from August 2009 to April 2010. Earlier in his career, Mr. Moore served in senior executive roles at Pangborn Corporation, an international manufacturer of blast media equipment used by manufacturers of metal products, and LINAC Holdings Inc., a manufacturer of specialized equipment used in steel production, industrial heat-treating, scientific research and product manufacturing. Mr. Moore currently serves on the board of AG Growth International Inc., a manufacturer of portable and stationary grain handling, storage and conditioning equipment. Having served as a senior executive for over 22 years, and as a board member for over nine years, of companies in the manufacturing sector, Mr. Moore brings to our board extensive experience in leading complex heavy manufacturing organizations.
Andrew B. Schmitt
Andrew B. Schmitt has served as a director since October 2012, and is the chairman of our compensation committee and a member of our nominating & corporate governance committee. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Layne Christensen Company, which provides water management, construction and drilling services and related products to water, mineral and energy markets, from October 1993 to January 2012, and President of that company from October 1993 to September 2011. From October 1993 until June 2012, he also served as a director of Layne Christensen. Since September 2003, Mr. Schmitt has been a director of Euronet Worldwide Inc., which provides payment and transaction processing and distribution solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers and consumers, and currently serves on that board’s audit, compensation, and nominating & corporate governance committees. Prior to his service at Layne Christensen, Mr. Schmitt was a Division President for Baker Hughes and NL Industries Inc. as well as General Manager and Controller for Dorsey Corp. and Hoover Universal.
S. Carl Soderstrom Jr.
S. Carl Soderstrom, Jr. has served as a director since April 2005 and is the chairman of our audit committee and a member of our nominating & corporate governance committee. Mr. Soderstrom was employed by ArvinMeritor, Inc., a supplier of motor vehicle components, and its predecessor companies from 1986 to 2004. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ArvinMeritor, Inc. from July 2001 to December 2004, and in a number of senior operations and engineering positions with that company prior to 2001, including Senior Vice President of Engineering, Quality and Procurement. Since 2003, Mr. Soderstrom has been a member of the board of directors of Lydall, Inc., a manufacturer of specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation markets, and since July 2010, he has served on the board of directors of Westar Energy, Inc., an electric utility company.